Economic Development

Director of Economic & Rural Development 

Shayne Steffen      Email

Departmental Responsibilities:

Inter-municipal Initiatives
Community/Economic Development (see below)
Project Development
Rural Development (see below)

Community/Economic Development 

Community Development Coordinator  Carla Day     Email

The Saddle Hills County Community/Economic Development Department reports to the Director of Economic Development and is responsible for facilitating and promoting economic development in order to support healthy communities, economic diversification and population growth.

In support of community and economic development, Saddle Hills County Council has set up the Community Development Advisory Board in order to:

  1. Establish an organizational strategy for community and economic development that is integrated with Council’s strategic plan

  2. Develop an environment for planning community and economic development within Saddle Hills County and the surrounding area

  3. Provide community input

For information on the Community Development Advisory Board structure and terms of reference click here

Introducing the members of the Community Development Advisory Board, click here


Rural Development 

Rural Development Director            Shayne Steffen       Email
Agricultural Coodinator
Dessa Nicholson      Email
The Saddle Hills County Rural Development Department is governed by several legislative mandates and is guided by the Agricultural Service Board. The Board makes recommendations to Council on all things agriculture including: major projects, policy management and the state of agriculture in the County. The team works at municipal, regional, provincial and federal levels to ensure that agriculture remains a viable, sustainable and profitable industry.

The Manager of Rural Development is tasked with managing weed and pest control, animal health, soil erosion, and water conservation programs. The department is also responsible for vegetation management on all County rights of way.

Each summer, seasonal staff are hired and designated as Weed and Pest Inspectors, to inspect for weeds and pests on private land. The team works to provide advice, education and resources to the residents and welcomes suggestions, inquiries and reports. Look for notifications of events and programs on the Facebook page, the website Event Calendar, and the Central Peace Signal newspaper.